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Corbyn Nchako

Outside of the lab, Corbyn enjoys playing and watching soccer, reading and spending time with his friends.

Corbyn Nchako is an M.D. candidate at Saint Louis University of Medicine and former Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology & Molecular Embryology at The Rockefeller University. Corbyn moved to New York City after achieving his undergraduate degree. He was eager to pursue the “New York Experience” and grow personally and professionally.

Corbyn Nchako grew up in Snellville, Georgia—a relaxed suburb east of Atlanta. In contrast to New York City, Snellville lacks the “hustle and bustle” of New York City, and tends to be quite a bit slower paced with a focus on “the journey [rather] than the destination”. Although New Yorkers may be a bit less ” overtly warm and bubbly”, Corbyn believes that the locals are often just as kind as they are back home.

What’s your favorite thing about being a scientist? Did you always want to be a scientist?

“I get to learn about and investigate how humans work! It really doesn’t get cooler than that. We take life for granted, but it is absolutely crazy how so many billions if not trillions of molecules come together to produce a (usually) normally functioning and complex being. Not necessarily; I always knew that I wanted to help heal people, so being a physician has always been my primary focus. However, when I began conducting biomedical research in college I realized how important a research scientist’s mindset and approach to scientific problem solving would be to my skills as a physician.

If you could give one piece of advice to young scientists or students, what would it be?

“Never be afraid of failure. I think because the scientific community is filled with so many accomplished and brilliant minds that when a young scientist or student is first beginning their journey it seems as though there is little to no room or tolerance for failure. But in reality, science is filled with way more failure than success. It is a natural and arguably integral part of the scientific process. Failure makes you re-analyze and develop your approach. Without setbacks we lose a catalyst for our drive to solve problems.

I love what I do because it interests me, but also because I do not always understand it. It pushes me out of my comfort zone and keeps me on my toes.

If you were a lab animal/model organism, which would you be and why?

“A mouse, but only if I was in the control group. Wouldn’t have much to do besides run on a hamster wheel, eat, sleep, and drink water.”

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